The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times Quotes.

1. "Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

2. "Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior's world."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

3. "In meditation we discover our inherent restlessness. Sometimes we get up and leave. Sometimes we sit there but our bodies wiggle and squirm and our minds go far away. This can be so uncomfortable that we feel’s it’s impossible to stay. Yet this feeling can teach us not just about ourselves but what it is to be human…we really don’t want to stay with the nakedness of our present experience. It goes against the grain to stay present. These are the times when only gentleness and a sense of humor can give us the strength to settle down…so whenever we wander off, we gently encourage ourselves to stay and settle down. Are we experiencing restlessness? Stay! Are fear and loathing out of control? Stay! Aching knees and throbbing back? Stay! What’s for lunch? Stay! I can’t stand this another minute! Stay!"
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

4. "We insist on being Someone, with a capital S. We get security from defining ourselves as worthless or worthy, superior or inferior. We waste precious time exaggerating or romanticizing or belittling ourselves with a complacent surety that yes, that’s who we are. We mistake the openness of our being—the inherent wonder and surprise of each moment—for a solid, irrefutable self. Because of this misunderstanding, we suffer."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

5. "When we touch the center of sorrow, when we sit with discomfort without trying to fix it, when we stay present to the pain of disapproval or betrayal and let it soften us, these are times that we connect with bohdichitta."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

6. "It is possible to move through the drama of our lives without believing so earnestly in the character that we play. That we take ourselves so seriously, that we are so absurdly important in our own minds, is a problem for us. We feel justified in being annoyed with everything. We feel justified in denigrating ourselves or in feeling that we are more clever than other people. Self-importance hurts us, limiting us to the narrow world of our likes and dislikes. We end up bored to death with ourselves and our world. We end up never satisfied."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

7. "The essence of bravery is being without self-deception."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

8. "It's hard to know whether to laugh or to cry at the human predicament. Here we are with so much wisdom and tenderness, and—without even knowing it—we cover it over to protect ourselves from insecurity. Although we have the potential to experience the freedom of a butterfly, we mysteriously prefer the small and fearful cocoon of ego."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

9. "Things are as bad and as good as they seem. There's no need to add anything extra."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

10. "Patience is the training in abiding with the restlessness of our energy and letting things evolve at their own speed."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

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